Finally a decent (through the window) shot of the purple finch. They are much deeper in color than the red finch and have that sexy eye patch thing. I have decided that the red house finch is like the girl or boy next door and the purple finch is like the characters out of Twilight! (YES, I am STILL on travel...but I love my readers so much I spent time creating pre-posts..or perhaps they are post-posts?)
And below is a photo of the same bird on a page from The Birds of America by James Audubon that was given to me for long-term loan by my neighbor!